Sleep endoscopy, also known as drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE), is a procedure that involves examining the upper airway of snorers and patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to pinpoint the exact location of breathing obstruction. The pulmonologist will use the information received during sleep endoscopy to determine the appropriate treatment plan and adjust it to suit the patient’s specific needs.
What are the benefits of sleep endoscopy?
Sleep endoscopy offers many advantages, including:
- Quick and painless procedure
- A diagnostic tool that offers valuable information
- Detailed and reliable results
- Accurate assessment of the airway during sleep
- Can be performed in conjunction with other procedures
Why would I need sleep endoscopy?
You may benefit from sleep endoscopy If you have a history of excessive snoring or documented OSA. However, patients who are pregnant or allergic to propofol components (such as egg lecithin or soybean oil) are not suitable candidates for the procedure.
What happens during sleep endoscopy?
Sleep endoscopy takes about 10 minutes to complete. The patient is first slowly sedated with light general anesthesia. Once the patient is asleep, they will lose their muscle tone, begin to snore, and have breathing difficulties.
The pulmonology specialist will then insert a small flexible telescope into one nostril to examine the nose, palate, tongue, and throat and look for potential breathing obstructions. The physician records the entire procedure so that they can thoroughly study it as the patient awakens and recovers.
What to expect after sleep endoscopy?
Patients are able to go home on the same day as the procedure. At the follow-up appointment, our doctor will go through the sleep endoscopy video with the patient, show the results, and discuss several treatment options for their condition. The results of the sleep endoscopy will allow the physician to prepare a customized treatment plan to help out with snoring or the health effects of sleep apnea.
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If you have sleeping difficulties due to sleep apnea or snoring, make a sleep endoscopy appointment with our expert pulmonologist in Dubai to learn about the cause of the problem and receive the appropriate treatment.
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